Medical Cell of Finance (Audit) Department has been created in June 2009 by carving out from Group ‘P’ (Service) of that Department mainly for implementation of West Bengal Health Scheme,2008.It also looks after the traditional medical reimbursement cases under the following rule:-
i) West Bengal Services (Medical Attendance) Rules,1964.
ii) West Bengal Services (Medical benefit for State Pensioners) Rules,1998.
iii) All India Services (Medical Attendance) Rules,1954.
iv) Medical Benefits to the Ministers-in-Charge/Minister-of-State/Confidential Assistants etc.Rules,1969.
Sometimes it also deals with the reimbursement cases of Judicial Services as and when referred to by respective administrative departments. Cases of medical assistance to prisoners of different Correctional Homes are also dealt by this Cell.
West Bengal Health Scheme 2008
With a view to regulate and provide medical benefits and to provide improved medical facilities to the State Government employees and their family members, a notification No.7287-F Dated 19.09.2008 was issued. As per this notification, the Scheme had been named “West Bengal Health Scheme,2008”. Subsequently in terms of F.D. Memo No.3475-F dated 11.05.2009, WBHS 2008 has been extended to the State Government pensioners & their family members.
For implementation of West Bengal Health Scheme, 2008, the following functions are normally performed:
a) Preparation of policy, guidelines & rules under WBHS 2008.
b) Fixing rates for treatment procedures, investigations, implants etc.
c) Empanelment of private HCOs and Diagnostic Centres within this State in connection with Health & Family Welfare Department.
d) Monitoring of activities of HCOs during the treatment of members of WBHS 2008 and its beneficiaries.
e) Helping other administrative departments process the complicated reimbursement proposals under WBHS, 2008.
f) Granting Prior Permission for treatment in WBHS recognized Specialty Hospitals outside the state of West Bengal.
g) Granting Prior Permission for implantation of costly devices & implants.
h) Granting Prior Permission for Human Organ Transplantation & Cochlear Implantation Surgery and for some procedures mentioned in WBHS 2008.